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Center of Excellence in Education Hosts Federal Way Teacher Academy Students

On August 14th, the Center of Excellence for Careers in Education played host to students enrolled in the new Federal Way Teacher Academy. 


In its second year, the academy is a mix of high school juniors and seniors interested in exploring work as future P-12 educators. Students learn about classroom management, developing lesson plans, shortage areas in teaching and high quality instructional methods.  The first semester is dedicated to observation, but in the second semester students are assigned a mentor teacher at one of the district's elementary schools and have the opportunity to assist in a classroom. 


The academy averages 27-29 students each year.  If students continue with the academy program and graduate from a university level teacher preparation program, they are guaranteed an interview with the Federal Way District. 


Each summer the class visits a community college or university.  While visiting Green River the students participated in team building activities, enjoyed lunch, toured the campus and learned more about our college. 


The academy is located at Federal Way High School and falls under the district's Career and Technical Education Division.  The academy contacts are Yattah Reed and Maryann Yamaguchi.